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18″ American Girl Doll Quilt

American Girl Doll Quilt all finishedMy daughter has been begging me to make her a quilt for her American Girl doll. I don’t know why I kept putting her off. This is one of the easiest and funnest (is that even a word???) projects ever. I had it done in an afternoon, including the binding.

I didn’t use a pattern, just looked at a lot of little girl’s bedding online. i had a basic idea of what I wanted, so I dug out the fabric. After ironing it I cut it into random strips 1 1/2″ wide to 2 3/4″ wide by 19 1/2″ wide. (I have no idea what I was thinking in regards to size.) Finished size is      19″ by 22 3/4″.

The first thing I did was to lay out the strips in random order until I got the look I was wanting.

Stitching them up took me about an hour with pressing between each row. I just started with the two strips at the top and worked my way down until the strips were all sewn together.

Once I had the rows all sewn together, I pressed a large piece of cotton for the backing and laid it out on my dining room table. I then layered a scrap of batting and the top, using 505 Spray and Fix by Odif USA to secure the layers.

For the actual quilting, I used a size 90/14 topstitch needle and King Tut #40/3-ply machine quilting thread in white from Superior Threads on the top and 50wt pink variegated Aurifil  (Bubblegum MK50 3660) on the bottom.  I did simple edge to edge straight-line quilting to keep things simple.

The quilting took me approximately 2 hours with starts and stops.

For the binding, I cut 2 inch strips across the width of the fabric and sewed them end to end. I double the fabric over lengthwise and pressed it.

Hand sewing down the binding on the American Girl Doll QuiltPlacing the cut edges on top of the quilt sandwich with all of the edges flush, I stitched 1/4″ from the edge. Mitering the corners, I sewed all the way around. To join the ends I used the method in the video below.

I then proceeded to hand-stitch down the binding on the back side until it was finished.

I am very happy with the finished product and my daughter is thoroughly pleased that her American Girl doll has a quilt to match hers.

If you have made an American Girl Doll quilt, I would love to see it. Please leave me a comment and let know if you enjoyed making a small quilt.

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My Weekend Project

My sewing room is chaos, but I plan to shove enough stuff aside to work on this project this weekend. There is enough fabric there to create a full size quilt for daughter’s bedroom. We went easy on Christmas this year with the thought of re-decorating her bedroom. She’s no longer a toddler and has a few years before she becomes a tween, so the Sweet Dreams line from Lakehouse Drygoods is perfect. Girly, bright, happy, and timeless.

102_3369My thought is to take the flower cluster panels and create a pieced center surrounded by various borders of coordinating fabric. Because I need to have it done by the end of January, I will let my long-armer do the quilting. And then I plan to use prairie points as the border. I have almost all of the coordinating prints and as a prairie points, the binding should look pretty amazing against a white bed skirt.

I plan to take the rest of the fabric and make coordinating items for her room, i.e., lamp shade, curtains, wall art, etc.

Early last month I started reading home organization blogs. Our house is filled with clutter and “stuff” as we have progressively been moving into smaller homes. Most of it is “stuff” we have a sentimental attachment to. My sewing room is full of such items…the buttons I inherited from my mother-in-law, the vintage tools handed down by my great-aunt, etc.  And since we had to move into a smaller house, my sewing room also doubles as an office and triples as a library. It’s time for this stuff to go.

Let me just say before I post these pictures how ashamed I am of my mess. It’s like a scene from Hoarders. And that has me scared spitless. This is not going to be an over night deal, there’s just too much. I have been trolling Pinterest looking for inspiration and I have several ideas floating in the back of my head. The final reveal will take place mid-February as I have A LOT of shopping to do in search of cabinets, storage bins, etc. And as a side note, since taking these photos I have packed up a VERY large box of books to sell as well as sorted out board games and straightened them up. My husband wouldn’t be happy if I get rid of them, because most of them were his when he was a child. But I’ve made a start and that’s what counts. Right?

Messy Sewing Space 1 Messy Sewing Space 2 Messy Sewing Space 3 Messy Sewing Space 4

So if you need some inspiration to de-clutter your sewing space, I invite you to follow my Sewing Room Ideas.

Have a Happy New Year!

Blessings!

Melissa